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Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)

NOTACON, an annual conference held in Cleveland, Ohio, explores and showcases technologies, philosophy and creativity often overlooked at other "hacker cons". Our desire is not to supplant other events, but complement them and strike a balance that has gone unnoticed in our community for far too long. With each new year we build upon the successes and knowledge of the previous years. Our goal is to enlighten, educate, and entertain attendees, presenters, and staff alike. We try to do this by finding new ways to apply technology to graphics, art, music, or social interaction. Notacon espouses an ethos of exploration, participation and positive contributions. Hence, while some of the material we may cover is controversial or potentially "black hat" in nature, we feel it is important to bring light to all topics so that everyone can learn from the experience and create something good, fun or interesting from it. Events during Notacon run from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. These include over 40 presentations, contests such as "Anything but Ethernet", game shows, prize giveaways and a whole lot of who-knows-what. Anything can happen, and usually does.

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Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by S-Tec and Dave 'Polaris' Valentine
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The demoscene emerged from the fusion of art and technical innovation. Nothing quite captures this spirit as much as the challenge of creating a full production with music, sound and graphics in 4096 bytes or less. This seminar of 4kb intro development will contrast standard demo development to 4kb intro development, and provide a brief synopsis of various tips for 4kb intro development. While this is a technical discussion, it will cover basic concepts so it will be accessible to a beginner as...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by John Bellinger
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Many geeks dream of ditching the drudgery of a "real job" and striking out on their own. It is actually possible to pull off, even in Akron Ohio. This talk will touch on my experiences starting and running a company that designs and manufactures robot electronics. With topic headings like "Mom, Dad, I'm back!", "Honey, I'm leaving you," and "Are we rich yet?", the grim realities and shimmering possibilities of running a tech startup will be discussed....
Valdis will present his work in "open source intelligence" -- finding interesting data and patterns on the WWW and making sense of them. He will explain how he used the web to create various network analyses with purely public information. * 9/11 hijackers, their supporters, and their connections * book buying patterns on Amazon * economic development community in NE Ohio * the blogosphere in NE Ohio Valdis will explain a simple method to follow in tracking web data and how Google is...
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Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Bruce Potter
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The fox is guarding the hen house, and both the fox and the hens are making a lot of money in the process. Such is the state of the security industry in 2007. For the last 15 years, we have been building security into our networks and applications using concepts like "defense in depth" and "layered security." It turns out, that the attackers are now leveraging our security systems against us. Worse, we have made the security industry a self feeding, self fulfilling prophecy...
An entire generation has now grown up with the likes of Atari, Nintendo, Sega and many other console systems, not to mention the "classic plastic" home computers of the 1980s. Throughout these last 25 years, the unmistakable sound of 8-bit chips have pervaded their ears and become a background soundtrack to their lives. Now, an entire scene of artists are using this unique and unmistakable sound to push musical boundaries, both recalling and outdoing what came before. Jeremiah Johnson...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Jim Flock
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Consider the reduction of daily energy usage in your home or apartment in Cleveland. I would like to present simple usage of easily available, off the shelf, technology to help reduce your home's overall energy consumption. Briefly share some examples of what I learned during my time as a GEO (Green Energy Ohio) volunteer related to available public grants, regional projects, volunteer activities, and the National Solar Conference 2007, in Cleveland. Furthermore, to present my personal hobby...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Christian 'RaD Man' Wirth
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With limitations in color, character set and size, the ANSI artscene still found ways to innovate, flourish and reach amazing heights in the last 25 years. Starting with a brief history of pre-ANSI character art, RaD Man of ACiD describes the problems and solutions of working in a text-based medium, lessons which will crop up again and again working with computers and scant resources in relation to art. Topics covered will include development tools, distribution methods, quality control and...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Jim 'Trixter' Leonard
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A candidate for Most Stupid PC Trick, 8088 Corruption displays full-motion color video on a stock IBM PC with nothing more than a CGA card and a Sound Blaster Pro for audio. It became a minor web phenomenon when a video of it in operation was posted to the social news site Digg.com and was then later featured on Diggnation. In this presentation, Jim will explain the background of 8088 Corruption, including covering the techniques used to create it and how it can be further improved. He'll also...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Michael DeAloia
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Creativity is rapidly becoming one of the most valuable assets of any business today, and any company wishing to move forward needs to have a strategy for developing creative talent. Cleveland can benefit from this shift towards a creative economy by making itself one of the best places for companies to recruit and develop creative talent across all industries. As the "tech czar" for the City of Cleveland, Michael DeAloia is working with local technology companies to make this vision...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Jason Scott
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Wikipedia, the "Free Encyclopedia that Anyone Can Edit" is now one of the top 20 websites on the Internet, and increasingly a primary source of information for many thousands of users every day. It also contains a number of fatal flaws in its architecture that it is slowly fixing through a number of fundamental changes being implemented each month. In this way, Wikipedia's publically-editable, worldwide-read, and often-relied-upon experiment can serve as an experimental hotbox, a...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Friends of Dan Kaye
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In April 2003 at Rubi-con 5, Dan Kivel, aka "Dankaye" gave a profane, intense discussion of the trials, tricks and tribluations of a phone repairman. He covered social engineering, the interactions with customers, and ribald tales of phone insanity in his job. This presentation was recorded for posterity. In May of 2006, Dankaye drowned off the coast of Biloxi, Mississippi. However, this minor setback will not stop Dan from giving his first presentation at Notacon. With the help of a...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Ed Morrison
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Open Source Economic Development is a set of models, tools and disciplines that enable diverse groups of people to engage in complex development projects in "the civic space". It's based on the open source software development model, which encourages the formation of voluntary open innovation networks. Through a set of simple rules, a complex community evolves to develop complex projects. These rules balance open participation with leadership direction. Economic development takes...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Enno Ray
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RFID technology has many (ab-) uses. Amongst them are so called localization services that permit to inventory cattle or to detect lost kids in theme parks. The same approach can also be found in GPS-based tracking services used to follow movements of delinquents on probation. On the other side these techniques seem pretty appealing for parents desiring to track their children to prohibit kidnapping or to locate them after accidents. Several questions quickly arise though: when should such a...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Drew Ivan
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Recruiters use a variety of tools and processes in their goal of moving talent from one company to another as fast as possible. Whether you are talent in search of a new company, a company in search of new talent, or a company attempting to protect your existing talent, you can benefit from understanding the systems in use by headhunters. Drew is a software engineer and a nerd who has worked in many industries, including the executive recruiting indusry.
Explore why innovation is more than just push back on the conventional and why the best way to limit the creative process is going it alone. We'll be taking a look at the "how to" and power of collaboration in any tech or social innovation process, from concept to research, design, test, and viral maketing of new ideas and projects. The conversation will key in on topics like strategic serendipity and leveraging social networks. Jack works locally in Cleveland and nationally in...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Kn1ghtl0rd
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Grid computing is a newer way of processing information in a distributed manor. A lot of well known projects utilize this method of computing such as Seti@Home. This discussion will cover the technology behind grid computing and how it can be utilized to improve speed and availability. It will cover the Alchemi project and how to interface with this architecture. The talk will also include hands-on examples and exercises for interested attendees. Kn1ghtl0rd is a member of the Infonomicon...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Rick Deacon
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How to exploit Cross Site Scripting holes in MySpace.com, for session hijacking or other means. Multiple exploits will be discussed. Depending on the information present at the time, some may be 0-day. The methodology and practices involved will always be relevant to MySpace as well as many other sites containing Cross Site Scripting holes. MySpace is still filled with hundreds of unattended and undiscovered Cross Site Scripting exploits. This presentation will cover a brief overview and...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by The Hacker Foundation
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Why does Europe have better hacker spaces than we do? Why do US Hacker Spaces die after five years? How can we build a lasting network of hacker spaces throughout the US? This talk seeks to answer these questions and more. Part One delves into why Hacker Spaces are necessary to move the community forward, both in terms of reputation and productivity. Past and Present spaces in the US and long-established spaces in Germany will be profiled to help illustrate the value of hacker spaces. Part Two...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Andrew 'Necros' Sega
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Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Mark Lenigan
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Community wireless networking is a proven concept to bring network connectivity to people and places which would otherwise lack service. It's also a great way to stick it to the major telcos/cablecos in a legal fashion and get away with it, if you make the right moves. Much like the Free Software movement, the goal of community wireless networking is to create a network that is useful to the community it serves while empowering people to develop and use the network resources which are truly...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Jon Bohack Buhagiar
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My goal is to cover all of the elements of a good spam gateway and not to go thru each command in a laundry list fashion. The system to be presented upon is called MailScanner written by Julian Field of South Hampton University. We will walk thru the definition of a solid Linux install with the Debian distro. I will then explain how email is transferred thru the Internet and which components are necessary for creating a successful gateway server. The Mail Transfer Agent to be discussed in...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Michael McFarland
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In the 500 or so years since the scientific revolution, science and technology have become increasingly obscure to people that often use them. In 1959, C.P. Snow warned that "two cultures" were developing -- those that understood science and could make informed decisions about it, and those who didn't and couldn't. Among his examples was lack of public understanding of such complex issues as thermodynamics. Fifty years later, the divide is immeasurably larger while the technology is...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Nick Farr
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Why is it that hackers are notoriously bad at managing their own money? ~ Why are you just as broke pulling down six figures as you were when you're a student? Master tax code hacker Nick Farr will share his secrets learned from ten years of hacker tax preparation. Find out the ten simple reasons why hackers tend to stay broke and how open source software and techniques will help you build a solid financial future. Nick Farr is Principal of GavinFarrMedia, LLC a media consulting firm in Grand...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Paul Timmins
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Do you have questions about telephony and telecommunications but don't know where to ask? Look no further! For 1 hour, no reasonable telecom question is off limits. Afraid of looking stupid asking? We'll have an anonymous question submission fishbowl up front so nobody has to know you don't know the answer! Questions will be answered by Paul Timmins, Network Manager at a CLEC, Myself (if he's interested), and others. Do you have something to offer the panel in the way of experience? Contact...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Joseph 'Stormgren' Bender
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In late 2005, I managed and designed the upgrade of a corporate wide-area network. This involved a switch to a new provider. Hilarity ensued from day one. In this presentation, I'll be talking about my lessons learned from it, so that others may be spared from similar fates. Subjects include dealing with vendors, managing the cut-over schedule, and what to do when all hell breaks loose. There will also be a questions and answers session at the end. Joseph Bender is the owner of Bendorius...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Dan Cuffaro
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Dan Cuffaro is the chair of the Industrial Design department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Formerly, he was the Director of Design at Altitude, Inc., an award-winning product development firm in Boston MA. During his design work he has won several IDSA/Business Week IDEA awards and he holds multiple patents for his product designs. He has written for Innovation Magazine, The Design Management Institute Journal, and is co-author of the book Process, Materials and Measurements. Northeast...
Like meetings in public spaces, online communities often are faced with the problem of policing themselves against people who only wish to disrupt things. This is even worse on the Internet, where bandwidth is cheap, botnets are easy to create, anonymity trumps fear of repercussions, and many people think denial of service attacks are completely legitimate ways to show off the size of one's e-penis. This talk will cover the problem of DDoSes to online communities: from why it's so common...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Kelly Keegan
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In the past, computers, the Internet and Internet communities have often been disregarded as pointless and antisocial; that is, people who enthusiastically participate in online activities are socially inept, strange and unable to socialize "normally". More recently, there has arisen a division among the "nerds of the nerds" - those who interact significantly online. There are Internet communities which are "worthwhile" and those which are effectively trash....
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Kel Cecil
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I would like to share the methodology that we have used when planning and executing our "LAN for Life" events. This method has been the result of over two years of careful study of our events as well as other LAN party events. I'll begin by discussing the initial steps of planning the event, such as setting a proper date and finding a suitable location for an event. Next, I'll discuss the process of acquiring local and national corporate sponsors. Next, I'll discuss at the prep work...
Notacon 2007 (Notacon 4)
by Andy 'Phoenix' Voss
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